Yanni: Voices

Mon, 12/15/2008 - 8:00pm


Tanya Sakolsky

Over the past two years, composer and pianist Yanni has been immersed in the creation of a new project: Yanni: Voices. Collaborating with renowned producer Ric Wake, Yanni has discovered and mentored four of the most exciting new vocalists in the world. All have pooled their talents to create a new venture featuring Yanni’s classic compositions, the innovative imagery of original lyrics, and the exhilaration of youthful new talent. Yanni: Voices airs Monday, December 15 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1).

Rochester welcomes Yanni in concert on May 13, 2009 at the Blue Cross Arena! During his television special, you’ll be able to call into WXXI at (585) 454-6300 or 1-800-295-WXXI, make a donation, and receive tickets as a thank you gift. You may also pledge online at WXXI.org/support/membership.

Yanni: Voices features a behind-the-scenes preview of the music from the new Yanni: Voices CD and the upcoming concert spectacular, which will be touring throughout the world over the next several years. The audience also will witness the evolution and debut of the new vocalists as they work with Yanni and Wake in the studio and rehearse for the concert special.

Each of the four vocalists possesses a unique style. Yanni: Voices highlights the energy and mood of each artist’s work with the seasoned composer.

Tenor Nathan Pacheco has a voice that can move people to tears. His lyrics, which have been incorporated into new renditions of some of Yanni’s classic material, are written in Italian. These lyrics, when combined with Yanni’s music, create a new kind of magic.

Chloe is a classic music diva whose rich and versatile vocals allow her to capture the essence of the music she performs. Her youthful energy only adds to the intense emotion of her compositions. A child prodigy in dance and music, Chloe has been preparing for this moment since she moved away from home to attend a New York performing arts school at age 16.

Latin sensation Ender Thomas brings a fiery style of performance to the project. Writing in his native Spanish, Thomas taps into his sensual Latin roots to bring intense and soulful performances to Yanni: Voices.

Leslie Mills possesses an intricate writing style and stunning vocal abilities. Her poetic songs, delivered in a striking and distinct style, open a doorway for the listener to experience genuine, heartfelt emotion.

Yanni: Voices includes:

Enchantment, featuring Nathan Pacheco
Kill Me With Your Love, featuring Chloe
Change, featuring Chloe
Desire, featuring Ender Thomas
Before the Night Ends, featuring Leslie Mills
Adagio, featuring Nathan Pacheco
Hasta el Ultimo Momento, featuring Chloe and Ender Thomas
The Keeper, featuring Leslie Mills
In the Mirror, featuring Chloe and Nathan Pacheco
November Sky, featuring Ender Thomas
Tribute, featuring Nathan Pacheco